GADM is a high-resolution database of country administrative areas. I have downloaded the whole world distribution (it is composed of several dBase III files and a big .SHP file).

I am trying to query the GADM database for, given a country, get the first-level administrative divisions. Here is a listing of results I would expect for "Guyana":

  • Barima-Waini
  • Pomeroon-Supenaam
  • Essequibo Islands-West Demerara
  • etc.

Now, how I can I get an SHP or SVG map for Guyana and their first-level divisions like the one in Wikipedia page? (I don't know about polygons or latitudes, I think I don't need to)


You can download the shapefiles for Guyana from DIVA-GIS. Simply select the country from the list and your specific subject such as:

  • Roads
  • Railways
  • Population

I selected Administrative areas and received 3 shapefiles with differing levels. The shapefile named "GUY_adm1" will give you the polygon layout as shown in your link. However, there seems to be an error in the names of regions from DIVA-GIS as you can see from the image below. I checked other sources to confirm this. You can easily correct the names for each region by editing the attributes:


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